The U.S. Department of Agriculture made permanent its phase out of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a stand-alone agency on Thursday by posting on the Federal Register a final rule that this authority will be moved under the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This finalizes the move of the Packers and Stockyards to a division under the USDA AMS Fair Trade Practices Program. The Fair Trade Practices Program is comprised of four divisions: the Food Disclosure and Labeling Division, the Packers and Stockyards Division, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Division, and the Warehouse and Commodity Management Division.
LMA commented on the reorganization in October 2017. “We hope this reorganization is used as an opportunity to instill a customer service mindset and evaluate areas for greater efficiency and collaboration between the USDA Packers and Stockyards Division and industry,” LMA stated. “LMA appreciates the opportunity to provide comment and looks forward to working with the agency towards the common goal of member compliance with logical rules that are neither unnecessary nor antiquated. We hope this reorganization is used as an opportunity to instill a customer service mindset and evaluate areas for greater efficiency and collaboration.”
A link to the full comments can be read here.